Actress Conchata Ferrell, Who Played Berta on 'Two and a Half Men' Dies at 77
Actress Conchata Ferrell sadly passed away this week at the age of 77. Many people will recognize her as the co-star on “Two and a Half Men” where she played the role of Berta.
On Monday, October 12, 2020, Conchata Ferrell died at Sherman Oaks Hospital. The actress passed away peacefully surrounded by family after suffering from complications following a cardiac arrest.
Ferrell was well-known for her role on “Two and a Half Men” where she appeared for more than 200 episodes. The star was also nominated three times for an Emmy Award for her role in the series.
STARRING ALONGSIDE SHEEN
Ferrell acted alongside Charlie Sheen’s character Charlie Harper as his housekeeper Berta. In 2005 and 2007, she was nominated for the Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category for her role.
Besides acting on “Two and a Half Men,” Ferrell also starred as a regular on “L.A. Law‘s” sixth season. Her co-star on the show, actor Jon Cryer, paid tribute to her after her sudden death.
Cryer, who plays Harper’s brother Alan, described Ferrell as a “beautiful human.” The actor confessed that he was crying for her because she would be missed along with the joy she brought others.
Sheen mourned her saying she was “an absolute sweetheart, a consummate pro, a genuine friend.” Talking to the character she played on the show, the actor joked how Berta’s housekeeping skills were a bit suspicious but that her people-keeping had been perfect.
“I got on stage, the laughs started coming, and every pore in my body opened up, and in my head I went, ‘This is it’.”— Letterboxd (@letterboxd) October 13, 2020
Farewell, Conchata Ferrell, one of the very best ones. 💔 pic.twitter.com/YvCQvUc8Gd
CONCHATA’S NOMINATIONS & ROLES
In 1992, Ferrell received another Emmy nomination for appearing as Susan Bloom on “L.A. Law.” She also starred in other television series’ including “ER,” “Good Times,” “BJ and the Bear,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and “Grace and Frankie.”
Besides appearing on television, the actress also featured off-Broadway. She was one of the original members of the Circle Repertory Theatre and also starred in “The Sea Horse” as Gertrude Blum.
She was a beautiful human— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) October 13, 2020
Berta’s gruff exterior was an invention of the writers. Chatty’s warmth and vulnerability were her real strengths.
I’m crying for the woman I’ll miss, and the joy she brought so many. https://t.co/SucL6gFaAR
SOME OF HER ACCOLADES & HER ILLNESS
“The Sea Horse” earned her a Theatre World Award, a Drama Desk Award, and an Obie Award for Best Actress in 1974. She also had a role in “Hot L Baltimore” as April Green, which led her to Los Angeles.
In July 2020, Ferrell was transferred to a long-term care facility. At the time, the actress had spent more than four weeks in the ICU, according to her husband Arnie who spoke to “TMZ.”
an absolute sweetheart— Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) October 13, 2020
a consummate pro
a genuine friend
a shocking and painful loss.
was a tad suspect,
your "people"keeping was perfect.
WHY SHE WAS AT THE HOSPITAL
The actress’s husband revealed that Ferrell ended up in a hospital in May 2020. While at the hospital, she went into cardiac arrest suddenly for around ten minutes leading her to be moved.
Arnie explained that his wife was taken to a treatment center described as a respiratory unit. She was put on dialysis and on a respirator while her husband couldn’t visit her because of the novel coronavirus safety guidelines.
GETTING HEALTH UPDATES
However, Arnie got frequent updates from the nurses. The star’s husband shared that it would take a while before she recovered and revealed that they were just hoping for the best with her health outcome.
Ferrell was initially taken to the hospital because of an illness related to an infection she battled in December 2019/January 2020. At the time, she was taken to a hospital near Charleston, West Virginia due to a kidney infection.
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